Technology may have the answer…
In recent years the number of cigarette smokers has dropped considerably. Although the habit still keeps the top spot as the number 1 cause of preventable death worldwide, cigarette smoking continues to be a colossal public health challenge for governments the world over. Most developed countries have been successful in lowering the percentage of smokers within their populations to around 10%, but that 10% is stubborn.
There are many challenges to individuals who are attempting to kick their dirty habit, apart from the severe cravings experienced by ex-smokers due to the addictive nature of nicotine, there are other considerations. A rapid increase in weight gain has always been a hallmark of those giving up cold turkey.
Recent research may hold the key to those who have been put off giving up the cigarettes in fear of excessive weight gain. A recent study published by Kings College London has indicated that vaping or the use of E-Cigarettes may be successful in getting individuals off cigarettes without the weight gain side effects.
E-Cigarettes have been around since 2003 and the number of users has increased exponentially since then. Currently it is believed there is 6.3 million E-cigarette users in the UK alone. Vaping devices are simple in their function – a heated coil vaporises a nicotine eJuice which produces a vapour which is then inhaled and exhaled by the user. The team at Kings college London explained that because the user is still receiving their nicotine that persons appetite remains suppressed just as it would if they were smoking cigarettes. They go on to say that current evidence would suggest that vaping is about 95% safer than cigarette smoking.
The jury is still largely out on the efficacy of this new technology but evidence is growing and suggests this may hold the key for many who are looking to quit for good